HP Ships 64-Bit Product Lines

The company makes its desktops, workstations and servers ready for Windows x64 and Longhorn now.

HP introduced new computers today designed to take advantage of Microsoft's latest and future operating systems.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP is shipping new business desktops, workstations and ProLiant servers with the new Microsoft Windows x64 Edition operating systems, which are being introduced today. HP representatives are expected to tout their 20-year relationship with Microsoft during the opening day of Microsoft's WinHEC conference in Seattle.

HP products are also now fully supporting dual-core architectures from Intel and AMD , which became widely available last week. The new HP products are also outfitted with the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 standard, which is one of the security enhancements planned for Microsoft's upcoming Longhorn operating system.

"We're trying to avoid any kind of disconnect between hardware and software," Brian Schmitz, worldwide director of business desktops at HP, told internetnews.com. "We collaborate on consistency by demonstrating this kind of solution and even line up third-party partners."

One key partner in HP's Longhorn longevity strategy is chipmaker Broadcom . The company is making network interface card (NIC) for HP that embeds the TPM 1.2 security functions in the new HP Compaq dc7600 business desktop. Available this summer, the dc7600 is a follow on to the current HP Compaq dc7100 product and is expected to ship with an Intel processor with the corresponding Lakeport 945G chipset or Glenwood 955X chipset for workstations.

The dc7600 also has a personal secure drive HP calls its ProtectTools Security software. According to Schmitz, the software is a virtual drive that uses 2048-bit encryption to protect files.

"It flags any of your documents so that if the computer is stolen or someone gets access to your computer, they will not get access to the data," he said. HP's other software additions for the dc7600 include support for smart cards and fingerprint readers.

The desktop PC will also be the first from HP to meet the European Union's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. The regulation requires all PCs sold in EMEA to meet strict environmental requirements by July 2006.

In addition to business desktops, HP is supporting the new Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition on its new AMD-based HP dx5150 Business Desktop PC. The units are priced at $470 apiece and come with dual-channel DDR400 memory, high-performance serial ATA hard drives, and an x16 PCI-Express slot.

HP said it would also support Microsoft's new 64-bit operating systems in its entire lineup of professional workstations, including the high-end xw9300 Workstation and the new HP xw4300 Workstation. HP will also offer the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions on its entire line of 64-bit HP ProLiant servers based on AMD Opteron and 64-bit Intel Xeon MP processors.

In addition, the company announced an affordable new entry-level workstation - the HP xw4300 - with support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional.






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